Sunday, January 11, 2009

The Televisor Museum

Via the Brass Goggles forum comes the Televisor Museum International, a stylish site documenting the history of televisors from the primitive models of the 1880's to the mass produced ones of the 20's and 30's. The museum's collection is truly inspirational.

In case you were wondering, yes, it's all fake. Although the televisors are fully functioning they're artifacts assembled from bits and bobs of furniture, hardware, and obsolete technology by artist Steve Gompf. That kind of creative kitbashing has exploded in the "Steampunk" sub-culture, such as it is, but it's rare to find anyone producing pieces that look this good. Although Andrew Leman of the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society was doing it years ago with things like the ElectriClerk and Transdimensional Helmet.

You can listen to an NPR radio feature about Mr. Gompf and his work over here.

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